Some downtown Ottawa merchants were beginning to feel concerned on Friday as hundreds of truckers headed to Ottawa to demonstrate against sanitary measures.< /p>
“I am worried, because it is the first time that we have closed a weekend in 23 years! The fears of having confrontations with different kinds of malicious people made us make this decision, ”explained Claude Bonin, owner of the restaurant Le Moulin de Provence, which is located less than a kilometer from the Parliament of Canada, in an interview. on Qub radio.
The fear of completely paralyzed road traffic also hovers over local owners, in a neighborhood that already has its share of problems in this area.
“We have bridge problems that have been going on here for years, we have big trucks that don't pass regularly! So imagine with hundreds of trucks arriving by all kinds of roads. The traffic is going to be terrible downtown,” Mr. Bonin said.
“We all have the right to demonstrate, but I don't understand why we have to block all the streets and paralyze the city. There are people, often on minimum wage, who have to go to work and who cannot lose 2-3 days of work. They could have demonstrated differently, it's an injustice for everyone around, “lamented the merchant.
Listen to Benoit Dutrizac's interview with Claude Bonin, owner of Le Moulin de Provence restaurant in Ottawa and with agent Renée-Anne St-Amant on QUB radio.